At our church, our pastor’s newest phrase is “Greet, Befriend, Invite”, or “GBI” as we joke on staff. His idea is that we can’t just go straight up to someone and share our faith, and expect them to be open to it. It’s about building a relationship first, and seeing where and how God uses it.
This past week I felt convicted about how little I’ve done this in the past few months. Sure I’ve had some valid excuses (and some not so valid ones…), but that didn’t excuse me from building relationships with my neighbors. I realized there were a few neighbors I passed every day, or saw a couple times a week, but had never stopped to even asked them their names!
So instead of baking for just us, I doubled some recipes, and packaged up a few plates. Now I’m normally an extrovert, but I could feel nervousness rising slowly as I walked down my driveway. I reminded myself that a little fear and nervousness was a good thing because it meant God was stretching me.
It also reminded me of this verse in Hebrews, ” So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'” (Hebrews 13:6)
I ended up getting to meet some new friends, and get some names. Everyone was open to my greeting (except for maybe when one of my dogs decided to invite herself into one of the homes….oh Luna…), and I left realizing just how simple it was to greet someone.
Today, I would encourage you to pray through some ways you might be able to greet, befriend or invite someone this season. This is a season where many feel the hurts and troubles of the year or from family issues. Some might be lonely and depressed. You just never know. Pray that God would show you someone who you could greet today; you never know where He might take it.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Make a list of ways you can greet, befriend or invite these next few weeks. Make a plan for at least one of those ways, and ask someone to hold you accountable to it.
- Feeling nervous or scared about it? Look for verses in the Bible on boldness, and find one to memorize.